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Ryan Thomas – Part-Time Instructor

Ryan Thomas started dancing jazz, tap, hip-hop in his early teens in Northern California. Later, he developed a passion for classical ballet and modern dance. During his training and professional career he danced with the Sacramento Ballet, then Houston Ballet Academy where he danced with both the school and company. He later danced for several other professional ballet companies including Oakland Ballet, Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, and Columbia City Ballet. As a professional dancer he was featured in several ballets including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Diversion of Angles, Serenade, Who Cares, Western Symphony, Rubies, Great Galloping Gottschalk, Deuce Coup, and many original works from world renowned choreographers. 

After leaving his professional dance career, he went on to pursue his college education. First, at the University of South Carolina, where he earned a BA in Dance Performance, then later to the University of California Irvine where he received an MFA in Dance and Dance Education Technologies. His passion for dance has transformed from performer into dance educator, focusing on developing the next generation of dance enthusiast. His time as a college student has provided him with the ability to teach Dance Improvisation, Choreography, Ballet, Modern, Pas de deux, Gyrotonics, Dance Conditioning, Injury Prevention, Dance History, Film and Dance, and Dance Appreciation. He is now teaching at Riverside City Collage, Golden West College, and other schools in Southern California as a dance teacher, coach, and choreographer.